The Motorola Atrix 4G for AT&T may be one top of the line smartphone, but it has one weakness – it runs Android 2.2 Froyo, an operating system version that’s been around for a year. And, in the Android world, that’s a lot. So a newer version of the OS has already become available for more than six months, and that is, of course, Android Gingerbread.
According to the folks over at BriefMobile, the Atrix 4G is going to be finally updated to Gingerbread sometime in July. There’s no exact date yet, as software versions are still being tested by Motorola and AT&T. However, based on one of those tested versions, a release should happen quite soon, since there don’t appear to be many bugs or things to be ironed out left.
That’s certainly good news for Atrix 4G owners, who’ve been craving the update ever since the phone was announced. The update will bring such nice features as sideloading (as per AT&T’s new policy on the matter) permitted, overscroll glow, app grouping, a download manager, improved camera app, better power management, a new keyboard, and new animations.
The update coming in July will make the Atrix run Android 2.3.3, which, even if it is Gingerbread, is not the absolute latest version of the OS. That would be Android 2.3.4, which incorporates Google Talk video chat capabilities, and this will probably only make it to the Atrix 4G in August or even September. Why the delay is unclear, but at least the Atrix will be running some version of Gingerbread starting in July.